Leave No Trace on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, Please

Leave No Trace

There's a simple way to impart the wisdom of Leave No Trace principles to walkers of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Follow hikers and bellow into a loudspeaker ...

Hey! Your mother isn't here to pick up after you! Cut it out, you [insert mean name mothers call lazy children]! Go back and pick up your trash. Right NOW!

Hordes of hikers in our beloved Land of Georgia are trashing the Trail. So much garbage has been strewn around that Georgians would settle for "leave no toilet paper" as an alternative to the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace (LNT).

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

A group known as the "Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers" -- a.k.a. Steph and Andy -- along with Jay Dement, an advocate with LNT, spent a week trying to spread the news.

We're thankful for their labors. Here is a snapshot of their progress:

  • 550 people reached with Leave No Trace information
  • 169 people trained in Leave No Trace skills and ethics
  • 120 kids introduced to LNT
  • 2.5 miles of trail maintained
  • 13 water bars cleaned out and rebuilt
  • 5 berms leveled
  • 2 undesignated campsites naturalized
  • 2 undesignated campfire rings disbursed
  • removal of bags of trash from the trail

Please, hikers. Pick up after yourselves. Or we're telling your mother.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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